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Workshop : "When Rural Meets Urban" : Networks of 'Regional' Modernisms

Publié le 3 juin 2022 Mis à jour le 26 septembre 2022

The workshop is as steppingstone towards research collaboration between ULB and Oxford, which has for its aim the reshaping of the academic approach to and understanding of regional modernisms in Europea, ultimately comparable and complementary to the work achieved by the authors of A Cultural History of the Avant-garde in the Nordic Countries (Brill, 2012) and that being currently undertaken by the team of A Cultural History of the Avant-garde in Central Europe (Brill, ongoing).

Together with researchers in other perceived ‘peripheral’ modernisms, they consider inadequate the prevailing perception of a small number of true ‘centres’ of modernism (notably Paris) surrounded by epigones, which reflects outdated hierarchical models of European culture and, when perpetuated in the Czech context at least, a desire to be seen to conform to an international narrative.
Instead, like Marie Rakušanová, the keynote speaker of the workshop, who critiques this othering of non-Western European peripheries in art history in her ground-breaking study Degrees of Separation: Bohumil Kubišta and the European Avant-Garde (2020, 2022) of the Czech Cubist, Bohumil Kubišta (1884-1918), and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, in Les avantgardes artistiques 1848-1945, they will favour a cultural-historical approach that combines examination of how modernism is shaped by local social, political, economic and cultural contexts with archive-led study of transnational artistic interactions and networks not only with the perceived centre, but with other peripheries like Scandinavia, Belgium or regional Germany, which have been marginal to research to date.

The workshop will bring comparative studies of Scandinavian, Welsh, Czech, Polish, German and regional francophone modernism (Belgium, Québec etc.)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Marie Rakušanová (Université Charles, Prague, Czech Republic), author of Bohumil Kubišta a Evropa (in English Degrees of Separation: Bohumil Kubišta and the European Avant-Garde, Chicago University Press, April 2022) 
  • Isabel Wünsche (Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany)

Workshop organisation

29th September 2022

  • 2.00pm to 5.00pm
  • 5.30pm to 6.30pm :  Keynote Marie Rakušanová
  • 7.30pm : Conference dinner

30th September 2022

  • 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • 3.30pm to 4.00pm : Closing remarks

Participants (to be confirmed)

Rajendra Chitnis (Oxford University, UK) - Patrick MacGuiness (Oxford University, UK) - Angharad Price (Bangor University, UK) - Petra James (ULB) - Clément Dessy (ULB) - Laurence Brogniez (ULB) - Claudio Gigante (ULB)

The Research project When Rural Meets Urban: Towards a Cultural History of Modernisms in Bohemia (1895-1925)  launches a major collaboration between ULB and Oxford.
Du 29 septembre 2022 au 30 septembre 2022

Thu 29.09.22 : 2.00pm > 9.30pm | Friday 30.09.22 : 9.30am > 4.00pm

Campus du Solbosch

Maison des Sciences Humaines - MSH | Salle de réception

Financed by Fondation Wiener-Anspach
Collaboration with Oxford University
Petra JAMES : petra.james@ulb.be